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the people demanding the military give up power immediately, rejecting the ruling council's offer to speed up presidential elections. >> we've seen intimidation. we've seen torture. we've seen imprisonment. we've seen military trials. we've seen them make a wreck of this country for the last nine months. and they have to go. >> reporter: but with casualties escalating, the army moved in for the first time to protect people from the local riot police. after five days of fighting there seems to be a truce here in tahrir square, with the army stepping in, forming a human shield between the riot police and the protesters. and so far it seems to be holding. moments later, anger unleashed. police firing tear gas into the air, sending people scrambling for shelter. caught up in the rioting, three american college students. gregory porter, luke gates, and derek sweeney. held in a detention center,
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accused of throwing molotov cocktails from a nearby roof. the mother of one of the boys talked to abc news and said she spoke with her son. >> i asked him if he threw anything off a roof, and he said no. and then i asked him if he did anything. and he said no. none of us did. >> reporter: lama hasan, abc news, in tahrir square, cairo. after nearly a year of protest the president of the yemen has agreed to step down. ali abdullah saleh signed a u.s.-backed deal in yes, ma'am-tone end his 33-year rule. it calls for a transfer of power to his vice president in the next month, followed by presidential elections within 90 days. saleh is the fourth leader to fall in the arab spring uprisings. and we have a major sports victory to tell you about. this is a lighthearted story here. the worst national soccer team in the world has finally won a game. >> that's right. it happened in the south pacific, where the team from american samoa has ended a 30-game losing streak. they beat tonga 2-1 in a world cup-qualifying game.
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that losing streak stretched back 17 years and included one match that ended 31-0. >> that is the saddest little team. >> but it's so great that -- you've got to stick with it. you've got to stick with things. >> it's a lesson in perseverance, right? >> absolutely. >> or maybe they just picked the wrong sport. maybe. >> it's wonderful. >> congrats to those guys. and in belgium there is a disney wonderland on ice. an annual festival is celebrating the 20th anniversary of disneyland paris. so there's aladdin, captain jack sparrow, as well as buzz light-year. >> and it has taken five weeks and 29 artists from 11 countries to carve up all those icings using 200 tons of ice. >> that is very cool-looking. look at that. unbelievable. like the craftsmanship and all that is awl always so -- >> when i see sand castles i'm always amazed, but these ice sculptures are just remarkable. look at that. >> unbelievable skill there. we'll be back with more "world news now" right after this. chilling out. ♪ you're as cold as ice ♪ cold as ice i know
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there's a land of restful sleep. we can help you go there on the wings of lunesta. ♪ welcome back. well, more than 45 million turkeys will be cooked this thanksgiving day, which means there will no doubt be 45 million mishaps in kitchens across the country. it's never easy to bake a bird. but never fear, the butterball turkey hotline is up and running, and there are turkey talkers waiting to take your questions. one of them is carol miller, who joins us now. welcome, carol. >> well, good morning. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. well, how long have you been talking turkey? >> actually, this is my 28th
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year of talking turkey. butterball actually is there to help make thanksgiving better for all of the cooks out there. this year we're doing live chats. we're connected with facebook and twitter. and you can always call us at 1-800-butterball. we will be there today answering those questions. >> i had no idea. no idea. i should have called a couple years ago. >> one of those crazy questions that we'll be getting today is my turkey's not thawed, what am i going to do? the easiest way to thaw a turkey is right in the refrigerator. but it takes days, sunny. we don't have days this morning. >> that's right. if someone's watching right now, what should they do if their turkey hasn't been thawed yet? >> set it in cold water. if they've got time before company comes, put it face down in a sink of cold water and leave it in there as long as possible. in best case scenario it would be half an hour for every pound of turkey.
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hopefully, they're having thanksgiving at supper today. >> well, what about this? once you have it thawed. >> mm-hmm. >> i'm always worried about it overcooking or undercooking. what's your advice? what's butterball's advice wiabt cooking a turkey? >> it gets confusing to our callers because there is so much advice out there. what we offer is a really simple method that is consistent. you can have a six-pound bird or a 30-pound bird, and this works. shallow open pan. you put a rack at the bottom of the pan. sometimes i don't have a rack, so i just go get some whole carrots, put it in the bottom of the pan. put the turkey on it. 325 degree oven. you can, if you'd like, make it a little prettier. brush with a little bit of oil. >> okay. vegetable oil? peanut oil? >> vegetable oil. slide it into the oven. so far it's pretty easy. >> yeah. >> you need two more things. you need some foil and a thermometer.
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the beauty of the foil is -- this is reynolds heavy-duty wrap. turkey comes with white meat and dark meat. the dark meat has to go to a higher temperature so it's moist and juicy and it's taken the redness out of it. this goes right over the breast. it deflects some of the heat of the oven, the 325 degree oven temperature. and then it cooks these so that at the end you have a perfectly cooked turkey. >> well, what are some of the questions that you get, meaning the most memorable questions you that get? >> you know what? i had to laugh at myself once. i had a woman from nebraska, and she wanted to know how much turkey to buy. she was feeding her family. and she's feeding guests. and she was feeding six cornhuskers that were 300 pounds each. >> oh, my gosh. >> i did not know that a corn -- what a cornhusker was. she informed me that it was a -- football players from the
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university of nebraska. and we had a good laugh about that. we decided on a whole turkey for them and a whole turkey for herr gues guests. >> how long will you be working this thanksgiving day? >> our staff will be manning the lines all the way until 6:00. but we don't give up. we're there until december 25th. the staff of 50 will be answering the phones. we'll be doing live chats. you can go on facebook and tell us if things went well or not. >> wonderful. wonderful. well, carol miller from the butterball turkey hotline, thank you for joining us today and sharing your great tips with all of us. for more on the butterball turkey hotline, check out our facebook page, wnnfans.com. we'll be right back.
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still eating. >> i'm still eating. i love it. 3.5 million people are pouring into manhattan today to check out the biggest thanksgiving parade in the country. >> that's right. and some early birds got a sneak peek last night as dozens of giant balloons were inflated for the world famous macy's thanksgiving day parade. i checked it out with my children. take a look at this. >> sure did. >> look how big it is. >> wow. ♪ >> are you coming to the parade tomorrow? >> yeah! >> you've got quite a party going on here. >> this is a fantastic party. we have nearly a million people up here to see the macy's thanksgiving day parade balloons come to life. >> my goodness. so tell me, how many balloons do you have? >> we have about 50 what we call medium-sized that would be absolutely extraordinarily large in anybody else's parade.
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and we have 16 giant balloons that are going to appear tomorrow. >> so tell me, are there some new balloons? >> yes, we actually have about five new balloons. and they're various ones. we've got sonic the hedgehog, who has been a balloon in the parade before, but this is a new balloon. and it's the 20th anniversary of sonic. we've got paul frank's sock monkey that's going to fly. his name is julius. we've got the aflac duck in the parade this year. and the great director tim burton designed a balloon that's going to fly in the parade this year, that balloon's name is bee. he's kind of awkward-looking, very sweet-looking and he has stitches all over the place because he's made from old party balloons. and i always joke that that's the balloon that has stitched in the parade and it's the only balloon that has stitched on purpose. >> i love it. >> and then we have a new balloon that is our dedication to the new york city police department, and he's called errol the policeman. >> how long does it take to, let's say, blow up harold the policeman? >> harold is what we call one of our medium balloons. and we actually inflate them.
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if we blew them up, it would be a whole different parade. but harold's a smaller balloon pape few chambers rather than our big balloons. and harold can take under an hour to do. >> how many balloons -- i mean how big are the balloons? >> the balloons are huge. they're up to 60 feet long, and each one of the balloons is bigger, bigger than the heads on mount rushmore. >> that's a good question, very good question, gabriel. >> very good. smart boy. good for you. give me another one. >> any other questions? >> how much helium do you have to put in them to make them this big? >> how much helium? each one of the balloons has to rise, right? so we know that helium is lighter than air. and some of the balloons are actually filled with helium and air because want them to fly at a certain angle. so since helium rises and air doesn't, sometimes just the front of the balloon is filled with helium and the back is filled with air. and we're the second biggest user of helium in the united states. >> look at that.
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well, thank you so much. and happy thanksgiving. >> yes. happy thanksgiving do you. >> very cool. your kids must have had a great time. >> we had a wonderful time. and i just -- i can't believe that i had never done it before, having, you know, been born and raised here in new york. but they're huge. they're magnificent to see. >> they're bigger in person. than you would think judging by watching on tv? >> absolutely. she said the faces are as large as the faces on mount rushmore. that gives you an idea of the scale. and i love the aflac duck. >> i think you're raising a little tv star. your son loves the camera. >> he was asking such great questions. i couldn't believe it. i was like you take over the interview. >> did you gain some cool mom points? you had to. >> oh, my gosh. i'm the coolest mom this thanksgiving. especially since i'm not home. i'm usually here. >> how did your daughter enjoy it? >> she thought it was very cold and she wanted to watch it on television. that's my daughter. >> it's cold out here, take me home. >> coming up next, what happens to those turkeys at the
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president's pardon. you won't believe who wants it. we'll be right back.
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"world news now" delivers your morning papers. >> now it's time for "morning papers." thanksgiving style. well, this was in the huffington post. you know how president obama's pardoning these turkeys and they're supposed to go to george washington's mount vernon estate and gardens to live out the rest of their lives in custom-built homes on the estate. well, wild turkey bourbon has made an offer to the president and has said that they have enlarged their property to 134,000 square feet and in a manner of direct speaking they've invited the president to give them the bird. >> wild turkey wants the pardoned turkey. >> yes. >> as their spokesbird. >> that's right.
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it could happen. >> ever had wild turkey? >> i have not. >> ooh. it's pretty wild. it's not bad stuff. this one after living in north carolina for tower years and new orleans for ten this next story did not surprise me at all. according to the website weighttraining.com southern thanksgiving meals far outnumber northern thanksgiving meals in calories. so apparently if you're eating a meal in the north about 864 calories, 362 for a serving of roast turkey, 70 for a dinner roll, 174 for mashed potatoes, 44 for green beans, 117 for pecan pie. in the south, 1,428 calories. that includes the deep fried turkey, cornbread, mac and cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato pie. so almost double. >> do they have the puerto rican thanksgiving in there? do they have coquito, fried plantains? >> they have to build a new calculator. they cannot possibly figure out -- but i'm telling you, the food in the south is bad for you but -- >> delicious. >> deep fried buttered goodness.
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i miss it. >> there's a beautiful story coming out of the "new york post." holocaust survivor joins a family who hid her when she was a child from the nazis. she's from massachusetts. and there were two long lost lithuanian pals that she met at kennedy airport today more than six decades. they hid her from nazi invaders for about three years. >> and they have been reunited. >> and now they've been reunited. and it's just lovely to see something like that. >> see, aw story like that, like the story we did earlier, stuff like that to me puts thanksgiving in perspective. you complain about such minutia a lot of the time. and you read stories like that and realize kind of what's important and what's not. >> exactly. >> we all have a lot to be thankful for. that's for sure. well, this i am not thankful for. this next story. jennifer mclagen is an author and she wrote a book called "odd bits: how to cook rest of the animal." she's an australian-born chef that loves all the parts that normally literally would go to the dogs, including brain fritters, chocolate blood ice cream, and even crispy
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testicles. they're all dishes outlined in her book. >> i can't go there. >> she wants to celebrate the whole animal
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this morning on "world news now," harried holiday travel. millions of americans en route to their thanksgiving feast. >> what can you expect in the roadways and in the skyways across america today? it's thursday november 24th. good morning, everybody. happy thanksgiving. >> yes. >> the big day is finally here. >> it really is. i'm sunny hostin, and happy thanksgiving, everyone. we for one are so very grateful to have you with us on this holiday. >> absolutely. thankful for many things. and if you're traveling to grandma's house today or anywhere for that matter, we do have some welcome news, believe it or not. the major storms yesterday have blown through, and today's going
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to be beautiful through much of the country. your ride home this weekend, that could be another story. details on the forecast coming up. >> and if you plan to shop tonight or tomorrow, right? black friday. get ready to battle more than just the usual black friday crowds. we'll tell you why the occupy protesters are taking their demonstrations to your favorite retailers. >> black friday's a mad house enough. i don't know if the occupy protesters want to mess with those stampeding crowds. >> i think they may. >> that could be a real mess. >> and finally, i think sunny proved yesterday with her pork roast that she definitely knows what she is doing in the kitchen. she is back in the kitchen this morning with a unique side dish as well as her favorite holiday drink. we've already had a little bit. in our very special edition of "insomniac kitchen." it is good stuff. >> thank you. >> we're all festive today. >> i know. i love thanksgiving. >> it's your favorite holiday. >> it's my favorite holiday. >> one of mine, too. i'm ready to eat. we've got food and everything today. i am ready. let's do it. but before all of that if you're
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headed anywhere this holiday you have got lots of company out there. americans are traveling in numbers not seen since 2007. before the recession, actually. >> so apparently the sluggish economy is not keeping people at home this thanksgiving. abc's alex stone reports. >> reporter: over 40 million americans are on the move. that number is up 4% from last year and the highest since the start of the recession. >> through the pacific side of costa rica. >> i'm headed to atlanta, georgia. >> reporter: rain and snow on both coasts caused some delays and cancellations at the nation's busiest airports. chris leon is traveling from new york to chicago with four kids. >> we got here fine. no stops or delays. and the airport doesn't seem to crazy yet. >> are you guys excited? >> yeah! >> reporter: in pennsylvania some drivers got stuck in a gooey mess after a tanker truck spread driveway sealant along 40 miles of highway. >> look at my wheels. look at my tires. i mean, this is thanksgiving. now we have to turn around and go back home. >> reporter: although you cannot put a price on thanksgiving with
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the family, the cost of the annual ritual is rising. airfares are up 20%. gas up 16%. and rail tickets up about 5%. still, millions say it's worth it. >> absolutely. totally. we want to see our family. >> reporter: and if there's still any money left in your pocket, top national retailers are hoping you'll spend it right after your thanksgiving dinner on some early holiday shopping. at many major retail stores black friday has now become black thursday, with stores opening at 9:00 thursday night. alex stone, abc news. >> everything finds a way to get bumped up even earlier. now we're talking about black thursday. it's crazy. >> people just need to enjoy their thanksgiving, though. >> the food, the family. and of course like we always say during the holidays authorities put out the usual alert. if you see something, say something. always time for the country to be on alert. be mindful of your surroundings as you travel out there today. >> agreed. >> yes. your thanksgiving day forecast. the all-important one. a calmer, dryer day along the east coast with the exception of showers down in florida. milder in the middle of the
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country. but up to a foot of snow in the cascades, northern rockies, and sierras. also some rain around seattle and portland. showers from l.a. to albuquerque. >> a wet 75 in phoenix and 57 in salt lake city. 50s from the twin cities to indianapolis. boston gets up to 46. atlanta 65. and miami just shy of 80. >> next year i suggest we do the show from miami. >> i'm in. >> you down for that? >> yes. 80 degrees. >> if we can find that in the budget we're going to work that out next year. you heard a second ago alex mentioned those stores opening early for black friday. k-mart, though, taking a different tack. the discount retailer opens at 6:00 a.m. today. sears, though, is taking the opposite approach. after opening on thanksgiving last year, the store decided to reverse course and actually open early on friday instead. on top of that, occupy protesters also had their sights set on this black friday. they plan demonstrations around the country to criticize the conspicuous consumption that of course has become the hallmark of the day and the weekend.
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they also want to encourage shoppers to visit the mom-and-pop stores instead of all those big mega retailers. and a sad story this thanksgiving. a small plane carrying three adults and three children crashed into the superstition mountains east of phoenix last night. amateur video shows flames burning near the peak of the mountain, where investigators believe the twin-engine plane broke apart on impact. they also believe nobody survived that crash. it appears the plane was referring to mesa from stafford after picking up the three children for the holiday weekend. >> hate to see a story like that on the holidays. >> very sad. well, country superstars sugarland are being sued now for their role in last summer's deadly stage collapse at indiana state fair. survivors and four of the victims' families claim that sugarland's contract gave the band final say over whether the show should go on despite all those risks from the weather. seven people of course died when that stage setup came crashing down in the midst of all those high winds. also, police in kansas city are shutting down the command
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post set up to coordinate search efforts for missing baby lisa irwin. leads have virtually dried up, and police say they have too many other pending cases to devote so many resources to this case alone, but they insist they will continue to look for the little girl. lisa's parents reported her missing way back on october the 4th, saying they believe she was snatched from her crib by an intruder. well, florida a&m's university's long-time marching band director is out of a job this morning after the hazing death of a drum major. it's not the first incident of its kind at the school. now the governor is calling for an investigation. more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: away from the blasts of horns and that choreographed pageantry of the storied florida a&m marching band was a brutal hazing ritual called the, quote, rite of passage." investigators now believe 26-year-old drum major robert chapman died after walking a gauntlet of fists on a school charter bus. apparently pummeled to death as he went from the back of the bus
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to the front after his team's game in orlando saturday. >> hazing was involved in the events that occurred fryer to the call for assistance. >> reporter: as recently as september, according to the "orlando sentinel," a mother of a band member warned the school in an e-mail, "these practices must stop and they will not until someone stands up and some changes are made." >> reporter: it's not the first time the legendary band has been in trouble. abc news has learned that a decade ago five band members paddled marcus parker so brutally his kidneys shut down. in 2004 he was awarded a landmark $1.8 million in a civil battery case. so we asked the school president why this keeps happening. he denied all responsibility. >> i haven't seen any evidence that has tied hazing to his death. >> reporter: and the fallout begins. >> i loved that young man.
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>> reporter: abc news has learned the long-time marching band director julian white was fired. but the problem may be bigger than florida a&m. >> i would say hundreds of thousands of students a year get hazed on a regular basis and at least one will die every year. >> reporter: but for robert chapman's family and friends any promise of change comes too late. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> it makes no sense. in other news this morning lawyers for conrad murray are arguing that the doctor should not serve any more jail time for his conviction in the death of michael jackson. they're asking that murray be granted probation at a sentencing that is set for next week. but the prosecution, though, wants murray behind bars for four years, arguing that he's shown no remorse and has actually blamed others for jackson's death. president obama is spending this thanksgiving at the white house. we'll know what was on the menu later today. >> mr. obama and his family headed to a food pantry in washington yesterday. they helped pack and distribute some food bags to people in need in addition to delivering two
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turkeys. >> earlier, though, the president kept up a great tradition, pardoning turkeys at the white house. the official bird is a 19-month-old, 45-pounder named liberty. that's a big bird. >> i bet that would be delicious. its alternate of the same age and weight is named peace. in understated manner mr. obama called them both the luckiest birds on the face of the earth. that is for sure. both will live out their days at the zoo at george washington's home, mount vernon. we were talking about this during our story meeting. apparently, all these turkeys that get pardoned by the presidents over the years go to some little farm to live out their days and grow old -- >> which is comforting because i thought, well, they're pardoned this time but then are they on somebody's table next year? >> there's a farm out there in mount vernon with all these seen isle turkeys. >> all together. >> confused. yeah. we'll be back with more "world news now" right after this. ♪
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♪ some turkey day stats for everybody to devour this morning. >> yes. >> many of you may already be up this morning getting a head start on the thanksgiving feast. or maybe you stayed up real late, prepping all that good food, and have not even gone to bed yet. well, something sunny knows a little bit about. >> that's right. i do like a feast. and i did prepare my stuff today for when i get home. i love to cook. so this morning i'm going to show you how my family celebrates puerto rican style, or we say boriqua, in our special holiday edition of our "insomniac kitchen." >> of course no puerto rican holiday meal would be complete without having plantains. so there is the green plantain, which is -- when it's cooked it's called tostones. they're not sweet. they're sort of a salty crispy
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taste. and then there is the maduro, which is the yellow banana. it's basically this banana but more ripe, and it's very, very sweet. now, i always have a lot of helpers. susie has helped us basically raise our children. but she's now part of our family. and my mother, the judgmental one. this is the tostones. cut them sideways. and you slant them when you cut them. and then you soak them in cold water and salt because that -- >> so they won't turn brown. >> they don't turn brown. you're going to cook it and fry it in oil. the oil has to be very, very hot. we're going to put it on like a medium -- medium high. so it's hot enough. yeah, the sizzling is very important. susie says they're ready. my mother says they're ready. so we're going to take it out. you know, you have this sort of strainer. so now we're putting in the tostones to smash it, basically, to press it. open it up.
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and this is perfection. that's what it's supposed to look like. and you do that with each and every one. and then we're going to fry it again. it really makes it perfect. we usually eat it with a sauce of garlic and olive oil and salt. and you kind of dip it in. it's so delicious. so you have fresh garlic. about a spoonful. you have also the olive oil. she's done about three -- >> three teaspoons. >> three teaspoons. and vinegar. four teaspoons of vinegar. you also need a little bit of salt for the mojo. i use kosher salt at home. about a half a teaspoon. once they're smashed and pressed, we put it back into the oil. so it's double fried.
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and that's for taste, of course. i mean, you can't worry about the calories around the holidays. for the second time frying it, after you've pressed them, maybe one to two minutes frying. you don't want dwroefr cook it. but you want it to sort of look golden brown. and what i usually do when i take them out, i usually put a napkin on the plate so that the oil is drained. oh, my mother is proclaiming them beautiful. look at that. and sometimes -- so you have it with the little -- with the little mojo. sometimes you can also sprinkle it with a little bit of kosher salt. am i right, mom? >> yes. according to your personal taste. >> and that's -- you see? susie dipped it in the mojo. so very delicious. no, really, they're perfect. >> they're perfect. >> they're perfect. >> my mother. mm, they're perfect. >> so nice you fried it twice. that's what i'm talking about. >> that's the thing. it's not for the health
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conscious because you fry it twice and put more salt on it. but i've got to tell you, i can taste it right now. they're so good. i was going to bring some for you. but my mother said they don't travel well because it is served like a french fry. i mean-u can't heat it up -- >> something you fry you've got to eat it right away and you can't reheat it. it's never the same. >> but i'll get you some. >> i appreciate that. they look good. you've been good to us the last few days. oh, man. and if you like that, everybody, we've got more coming. >> yes. i'm back in the kitchen with my puerto rican eggnog coquito. you're watching "world news now." >> yes indeed.
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♪ no puerto rican holiday can pass without having coquito. so i'm going to show you how to make that. puerto rican eggnog. usually one can of cream of coconut. one can of sweetened condensed milk. evaporated milk also. also put in vanilla. this is really great vanilla from mexico. this may make it a bit different than your typical eggnog. we put about a cup and a half of rum in it. white rum. some people use dark rum. i'm going to put a little bit of cognac in there. not even half of a cup. like a third. just for flavor. and you mix it on low.
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some people do it by hand. we have just a little tiny bit of cinnamon. there you go. salud. happy holidays. >> mm. i love my job. mm. >> this is coquito. and this is actually a traditional puerto rican cup. it's a tin cup. and you drink it in a tin cup because it makes it very cold if you put ice cubes in it. >> we put a few cubes in here before we came back. and they're very, very cold and good. it's not like a brandy alexander kind of -- >> sort of. it does have the three types of liqueur. >> it's the cognac, the rum, and the -- >> brandy. >> and the brandy. sa shrewd. and you have to say salud. >> flavor. yes indeed. mm. this is good. >> it is good. isn't it? >> we're going to have a good show today. i'll tell you that right now. stay tuned. it may be our last show, but it will be a good one.
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welcome back, everybody. here's a story that we promise you will not forget on this thanksgiving about what it means to be truly grateful. a 7-year-oldas severely burned in a fire, but she says she still has a lot to be thankful for on this holiday. >> and one thing she is thankful for, the new "dancing with the stars" champion, j.r. martinez, who she says proves anyone can do anything no matter what. jim douglas of our dallas station, wfaa, brings us this very inspiring story. >> callie, stay strong. you can still do anything you want to do. >> reporter: callie, stay strong. personal encouragement from actor and dancer j.r. martinez to a 7-year-old girl whose burns are far worse.
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>> remember you're beautiful. i made it, and so can you. love, j.r. >> reporter: callie jarman takes j.r.'s words to heart. after all, they could easily be her own. >> what makes you happiest of anything in the world? what makes you happy? >> everything makes me happy. >> reporter: this is callie in the arms of big sister cassidy not long before the accident. callie was not quite 2 when her family's suv got hit from behind and caught fire. cassidy died a few days later. >> ever since my injury i'm that much more in tune with things that -- spiritually going on in my life. >> reporter: j.r. martinez was wounded in iraq. >> you know, i was given a second chance. and not a lot of people get a second chance, you know, in life. >> reporter: martinez became a soap star on "all my children" and then a favorite on "dancing with the stars." he works hard to inspire other burn victims. not that callie seems to need much inspiration. >> i like to play soccer. i like to ride my bike.
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>> reporter: her teacher says she writes better than most and reads well above grade level. >> so to find the secret of happiness we need to spend the whole day helping -- >> we did a lot of reading when she was in the hospital because that was pretty much all we could do. and she's got a whole book collection from that. >> reporter: her mom cried when the photo came. they'd been watching and voting for j.r. >> would you ever want to be on "dancing with the stars"? >> yes. >> reporter: till then she's got someone who really does understand how she looks at the world and how the world looks at her. >> remember you're beautiful. i made it, and so can you. >> do you believe what he said? >> reporter: so when the music starts, callie's spirit dances. with a light that shines even brighter than the stars. >> and she can dance. >> she can move. and if you weren't feeling thankful before, you're feeling thankful now. >> you should. >> you think about all the stupid things you worry about, the food, the delays at the airport. you look at that and go you
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this morning on "world news now" -- ready, set, shop. millions of americans prepare for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. >> what you need to know before you start spending. plus get this. why you may have to battle those occupy protesters today at your favorite stores. it's thursday november 24th. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> hey, everybody. i'm rob nelson. happy thanksgiving. we're glad to spend this early holiday morning with all of you out there. >> yes. >> well, the turkey isn't even carved just yet for most folks and we're already talking about christmas shopping. many of those black friday sales start today. we have tips, though, for those of you braving the malls after your big turkey dinner.
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>> and also ahead, do you plan to fry your bird this year? you know i'm frying mine this year. homeland security is so worried about you burning down the homeland the agency has issued all sorts of warnings about deep frying turkeys. we'll show you how to do it right. i hope there's a fire extinguisher around here. >> you really can burn down everything you own. >> i know. i have a fire extinguisher at my house ready. >> be ready. because you're doing -- you're frying your first one. >> first one. >> today, right? your husband's going to do it. >> allegedly. >> allegedly. if you're not here tomorrow, we know why, right? and later, if you don't feel like slaving away in the kitchen all day, you're not alone. millions of americans in fact are going out to thanksgiving dinner. i will be one of them. 8:00 tonight. i'll tell you about the growing trend of thanksgiving dinner served up at restaurants. leave it to the pros. that's what i say. i don't feel like doing all that cooking and cleaning. >> you should come to my house. >> i might, i might. >> but first, some hardy shoppers are already camped out waiting for those stores to open
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with those black friday sales. >> it is the day. but black friday is now being surpassed by black thursday. kmart is actually open today at 6:00 a.m. for those just a little too eager to wait. with more on all this here is abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: wendy lawrence has food, sleeping bags, and a tent. all the essentials for a seasoned bargain hunter. >> we decided to come early this year so we can be sure we can be the first ones to get in the door. >> reporter: millions will soon be joining her, hitting the stores early this year, on thanksgiving. toys "r" us opens at 9:00 p.m. walmart at 10:00 p.m. and then there's macy's, kohl's, best buy, and target, all opening at midnight. so time for a little strategy. and the biggest advice? sometimes it's best to hold off. for example, don't buy toys. they'll likely have greater discounts later with better buys the first two weeks of december. hold off on top brand tvs. black friday's an excellent time to get a cheap tv. but the best deals on brand names come later. >> camcorders to your left. >> reporter: and if you're
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buying a big ticket item on sale, don't buy all the little things that go with it, like batteries, which often are not on sale at the check-out counter. in fact, you may not even need to go into a store at all. >> that's really the number one strategy, is to do some of that shopping online before you even want to go to a store because so many of these stores that have black friday doorbusters will actually have those doorbusters available at their website. >> reporter: of course there are things you'll want to take advantage of like video games and dvd and blu-ray movies, which will be deeply discounted through sunday. and if you are hitting the stores this weekend, bring along your smartphone. apps like red laser by ebay allow you to snap a picture of the upc code on the item and then it tells you which other stores sell the item for less. so if you're wondering what might possess people to camp outside of a store, well, feast your eyes on this sharp 42-inch tv. it'll be selling for $200 on black friday. it would normally go for two or three times that. each best buy will have at least ten of them. they're expecting competition to
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be fierce. linsey davis, abc news, jersey city. >> that's a really good deal. >> 200 bucks for a 42-inch is a great deal. i'm not quite sure i'm camping out all night for it but -- >> maybe i should go from the set. >> you're about to leave now, huh? about to walk out of here. but for millions of us, of course, the holiday is really about being home with family. more than 42 million americans are expected to travel during this time. most of them in fact by car. that's the highest number since the start of the recession back in 2007. and while most of the traffic appears to be going smoothly, there was this mess on the pennsylvania turnpike. a tanker dropped gooey black muck and actually disabled more than 100 cars. and on top of the muck on the roadways you may have to deal with muck at the stores, speaking of black friday, because some of those occupy protesters are going to be out there blocking people from going into stores. they say they're going to try to do this because they want to like rally against the conspicuous consumption of the day. >> and have people go to the mom and pop shops. >> exactly. so you may run into more than
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just the normal stampede of the coupon carriers, but you may have some protesters to deal with as well today. holidays are always a little intense. >> a little stressful. >> so be prepared for that too, folks. here's a look at your holiday weather. a snowy thanksgiving in the cascades, sierras, and northern rockies. heavy rain in the pacific northwest. showers around san francisco, l.a., phoenix, and albuquerque. scattered showers for miami, ft. lauderdale, and west palm beach. >> 52 here in the big apple. not bad for this time of year. 58 in baltimore. 68 in new orleans. dallas gets up to 70. kansas city 61. windy city at 55. 40s in seattle, portland, 57 in sacramento. and an even 60 out in albuquerque. and a small plane carrying six people crashed into the superstition mountains east of phoenix last night. amateur video shows several fires burning on a mountainside where the twin-engine plane likely broke apart on impact. investigators believe the three adults and three children on the plane did not survive.
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it appears the plane was returning to mesa from safford after picking up the children for the holiday weekend. a lawyer for former penn state football coach jerry sandusky says the two latest claims of sexual abuse are unfounded. the lawyer insists one of the new accusers is a copycat who is just "trying to jump on the bandwagon," and he says the other claim, which comes from a sandusky relative, actually stems from a family dispute. for now sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys, some on the penn state campus. he says he did shower with some boys but never sexually abused them. well, the state of iowa has closed a chapter in iraq with a joyous homecoming just in time for thanksgiving. >> the final iowa national guard members deployed in iraq, 75 soldiers returned to davenport yesterday after a year-long tour. this is the first time since 2003 that no iowa guard members are active duty in iraq. i love to see scenes like that.
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particularly this time of year during the holidays. so enjoy that moment. to all of those folks. >> look at that. he loves his daddy. >> got to love that. just north of iowa is minnesota, which is where the two luckiest turkeys in the nation grew up. >> but after being pardoned at the white house yesterday, they won't be going back there anytime soon. abc's mary bruce joins us from washington with the pardon particulars. good morning to you, mary. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny, and happy thanksgiving. this is the tale of two small-town turkeys who came to washington to become the envy of birds nationwide. after weeks of competition and training, turkeys liberty and peace, the alternate, met their fate at the hands of the president. >> we can't wait to pardon these turkeys. literally. otherwise, they'd end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing. >> reporter: president obama spared the birds from the dinner table at the 64th annual pardoning of the thanksgiving
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turkey. picked from a flock of 30 contestants for the honor, the birds went through turkey boot camp to prepare for the day. being exposed to loud noises and flash bulbs to be ready to face the press. >> liberty is ready for his turn in the spotlight. and after he finishes a round of cable hits and a few sunday shows he's going to retire to a life of leisure at mount vernon, the same place where george washington spent his golden years. >> reporter: liberty and peace will now enjoy a lifetime of freedom. the 45 million turkeys that will be a meal today will not be so lucky. rob and sunny? >> 45 million birds. >> i know. and those are big birds. 45 pounds. i thought 19 pounds, 20 pounds. they're fed well. >> very well. they'll have a long lengthy retirement there at mount vernon. >> that's right. well, one other place they're looking out for their favorite turkey these days is davis, north carolina. >> that is where thomasina, the turkey hen, is walking around seemingly without a care in the world.
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she started hanging out in davis six months ago and just never left. we have relatives like that. >> thomasina is a tough cookie. she survived hurricane irene, several dog attacks-s and even being hit by a car. residents worry about her crossing the road. but after all that we're sure she'll be just fine. check her out. >> she's a resilient bird. >> just strolling around. ooh. look. she ran across. >> that's a lucky bird. you keep on going. keep on enjoying. enjoy your freedom. we'll be right back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ i'm coming home ♪ tell the world ♪ i'm coming home ♪ let the rain wash away ♪ all the pain of yesterday ♪ covergirl trublend has skin twin technology. other makeup can sit on the surface of your skin, so it looks like...makeup. but trublend has skin twin technology to actually merge with your skin.
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♪ well, the department of homeland security made a mass appeal for public vigilance in the run-up to thanksgiving, but not for the reason you may think. >> oh, no. the agency issued a detailed warning about cooking turkeys in deep fryers complete with videos depicting all that can go wrong if you're planning on frying your big bird today. you'll want to see abc's bill weir's tips on how to stay safe. >> reporter: hello, lovers. happy thanksgiving. this recipe is for all of those who want to keep the oven off this holiday and go outside, enjoy the nice brisk autumn. and it's also for those who enjoy a little danger seasoning their stuffing and cranberries. the threat of a, i don't know, massive deck fire and third-degree burns. now, step number one is to go to
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youtube and type in "turkey fryer disaster." >> drop and run, dude. drop and run. >> and there you'll see why exactly you're going to want to remain sober and well away from your wood deck. the first mistake all of those people made was overfilling the kettle, putting too much oil in. so when they dropped the bird in, it spilled over the top and then started a fire that will literally burn for weeks. start by putting your bird in the basket, then in the kettle, and fill it up with water. you want to put just enough water to cover the top of the bird. just barely over the top. and then that way you know exactly how much oil to put in. so the night before you fry the bird you're going to want to inject it with marinade. now, you can buy the premade stuff. there's plenty of good brands out there. or you can make your own using about a half pound of butter, about a bottle of beer, a little bit of worcestershire sauce, some salt.
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seasoned salt is good, too. you can use cajun spice. you can get creative with that. but anyway, you're going to come up with a nice little marinade. and then you're going to need one of these sort of fantastic dentist of doom syringes. >> doo, doo. >> you're going to want to pour a little of that in there like that. >> yeah. >> and then -- oh. >> what are you doing? >> this won't hurt a bit. open your mouth. >> no! >> so then you stick it into that -- you know, into the leg. inject a little bit into there. into the breast. >> now, while the oil is getting up to 350 degrees, it's a good time to remind all pets and kids they're not allowed anywhere near the frying apparatus. just to be sure, i usually tie my child to a tree. drop on. and about three minutes for every pound. 15-pound bird. we have 45 minutes to kill.
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♪ i fell in love with a mexican girl ♪ how's that smell? does it smell done to you? >> as long as you don't burn your house down, it's foolproof. gobble gobble, everybody. mm. >> that inspired me. >> i'm telling you, it is the best way. if you've never had a fried turkey, you must have it. it is the best way to eat that bird. >> that's why we're doing it. although i will say my husband is going to fry it. but i also have a backup turkey just in case. >> oh. does he know you have a backup turkey? >> no. >> because that shows you have little faith in his frying skills. >> no. but if you burn the turkey, thanksgiving is no more. >> you're smart. >> you know what i mean? >> good woman, good planner. if he burns -- >> i've got a backup turkey. >> always thinking. >> when we come back, which celebrities are saying no thanks to turkey dinner and why. >> "the skinny" thanksgiving style is coming up next. you're watching "world news
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny time for "the skinny." "skinny" time. >> "skinny" thanksgiving style. >> even though no one is skinny on this day, we're still going to do "the skinny" this day. that's right. >> well, first story, pass the tofurkey. apparently about ten celebs say they won't be eating turkey this thanksgiving. they're going to go vegetarian. for many reasons. a lot of them are sort of protesting factory farming of turkeys. we're talking about ellen degeneres, alicia silverstone, corey feldman, kim basinger, noah wyle. nba champion john salley. i think it's very interesting. that he said that turkeys are one of the most abused animals on earth. so rather than have turkey they're going to do something else. and also interesting. remember "e.r." actor noah wyle?
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he says they have a farm where they've rescued pigs and horses and goats and that sort of thing. thanksgiving day they give all of their animals special vegetables and then the whole family enjoys a vegetarian thanksgiving dinner. so there are people who will not be having turkey. >> i respect the health reasons behind you know, the vegans and they don't eat animals, so the antibiotics and hormones they feel them -- >> and especially if they're abused. >> i get it. i couldn't do it but i respect the discipline. good luck to those folks and their delicious tofurkey. speaking of turkey we did a piece on the frying of turkeys which is extremely popular and i swear it is the best way to eat your turkey. >> i can't wait. >> our old friend william shatner has done a very funny kind of a psa talking about the dangers of fried turkey. get this, 1,000 fires each year with deep fryers involved. $15 million in property damage every year because people just don't know what they're doing. so together with state farm shatner did this kind of very funny psa about how to fry a turkey. take a listen. >> turn off the flame. damn it, bill, that's too much oil.
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where's the dingle dangle? >> oh! what have i done? ow. ow. ow, ow, wow, wow. >> that's how not to do it. >> that is how not to do it. but seriously, you'd be surprised how dangerous it can get. if you don't believe it, go on youtube and check it out because it really can be a disaster if you don't know what you're doing. so pay attention, folks. but it is the most delicious way to cook that bird. >> i'll be here to tell you how mine was. >> yes. your first one today. your husband's going to be in the back yard away from everything. >> we'll see. check this out. you know we've been talking so much about occupy wall street and occupy protesters. they are getting a benefit album. believe it or not. you know how they have all the drumming and everything. well, you're going to be able to hear it on an album. check that out. >> and some big names are contributing. >> some big names. we're talking about lucinda williams, ladytron, and third eye blind will actually be on the album. take a listen to this. ♪
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well, while most of us will be gathered with family and friends at home today, there is a new trend where people are turning to restaurants to cook and serve things up. >> mm-hmm. that's where i'm going to get my thanksgiving dinner tonight. i have no shame in my game. i'm going out. and i am not alone. more than 14 million americans are expected to dine out today and leave the cooking and cleanup to the pros. >> you can have a special occasion in some beautiful, beautiful spaces, restaurants that actually cost you less than if you did it at home and also
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offer you things that you couldn't imagine cooking. >> we have beautiful, beautiful heritage turkeys from mr. frank reese. they're brined up. we roast them, serve them with a turkey sausage, cornbread, and chestnut stuffing. >> they buy the raw ingredients wholesale, where you buy it retail. so they can produce food very often that is less expensive than it would actually cost you on a per-person basis. >> it's great to see people come in big groups and families. it makes for a very convivial atmosphere. >> i think most people at thanksgiving don't worry about exactly how much it costs because it's such a special occasion. >> i'm going home to poughkeepsie to be with my family because nothing beats mom's pumpkin pie. >> but in fact, the restaurant can feed you probably similar food if not the same for less. >> we have a natural -- a
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naturally raised turkey with stuffing, side dishes. we also offer a ribeye filet mignon and salmon. so there's a choice. and half the people don't choose turkey. so that's kind of interesting. >> i've never been to a restaurant on thanksgiving. but i'm sure the food is delicious. maybe one day i'll try it if i don't have somewhere to go. but i always have somewhere to go. >> it's a nice day to come to a restaurant and kind of let a chef take care of everything for you. >> let the chef take care of everything. nothing wrong with that. i know you're a big proponent of having everything at home. >> that's just because i love to cook. if you don't like to cook -- >> if you don't like to cook, don't feel like cleaning up, why not? our friends at barbalud, a restaurant here in manhattan, they have turkey here, lamb, brussels sprouts and bacon and game tort. >> i love brussels sprouts, and this has bacon in it. >> i like the bacon. you can have the brussels sprout. >> everything tastes better with bacon. i'm going to try that. >> delicious. >> good.
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